What would you say about the following holiday scenario: breathtaking seaside views, fine golden sand, crystal blue water and spending some quality time in a place that has over 180 million years of history? If you want to enjoy the most diverse holiday in the UK, Weymouth is that location.
One of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK has been luring tourists for more than 200 years. It’s also interesting to point out that the southern English coastline was a home to dinosaurs millions of years ago. The Jurassic Coast stretches for the impressive 95 miles and Weymouth is one of the starting exploration spots if you’re into archaeology and learning a bit more about the eras gone by.
Weymouth: Scenic Beaches, Dinosaurs and Fossil Hunting
Weymouth ranks among the sunniest places in the UK where you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming or sailing. The town became a popular tourist destination after King George III came there for the first time in 1789. The King’s Statue located on the seafront still stands as evidence of this memorable event.
The Isle of Portland is located just five miles away from Weymouth. If you’re into sports, you probably know that it hosted the sailing competitions of the 2012 Olympic Games. The busy harbour of Weymouth houses numerous types of boats, yachts, ferries, and naval vessels, making it easy for visitors to reach Isle of Portland by water. A boat is also great for getting a better view of the extensive Jurassic Coast.
Speaking of dinosaurs, consider going to Jurassic Skyline – the 53-meter high tower that enables you to see the amazing Jurassic coastline from above. The platform makes 360-degree slow rotations to give you full view. Don’t forget to take some pictures of the impressive scenery!
It’s also possible to get your hands on the history of the region (literally). Many of the beaches feature fossilised remains that you can uncover with a bit of luck and patience. Whether you walk north or south of Weymouth, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking nature and get an opportunity to do a little bit of exciting fossil hunting. Needless to say, the activity is the perfect one for families visiting Weymouth for a holiday with their kids.
Welcome to the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is the first natural World Heritage Site of England. It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. The miles of rocky surfaces, fossils and geology slides tell the story of the Earth and processes that makes our planet what we know it to be today.
The best way to explore the Jurassic Coast is to have a walk, bury your feet in the warm sand and look for fossilised remains. Take a trip to the famous limestone arch called Durdle Door, the bay of Lulworth Cove or St. Oswald’s Bay to see some of the best panoramic landscapes in the region.
If you don’t know how to get started, consider booking an organised tour or a weekend trip. Having an experienced local guide, knowing which spots to visit and maybe even getting to try some delicious local seafood as a part of the experience will give you an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the most spectacular aspects of Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast. This is a particularly good idea if you’re visiting for a short period of time and would like to enjoy all of the local beauty.